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Thomas Atherton (1864-1923) of Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Co
1923 Obituary 
THOMAS ATHERTON, born in Warrington, 29th February 1864, died at his native place on 11th May 1923, at the age of fifty-nine.
He entered the service of the Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Co., Ltd., in 1876, and was for many years Works Manager of the Engineering Department. During that period he travelled extensively in the United States, Germany, France, and Belgium, studying blast-furnaces and general engineering practice in those countries. He was responsible for the manufacture and erection of several blast-furnace plants in this country, and the supply of a complete plant for Japan.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1899; he was also a Member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and of the Manchester Association of Engineers.
1923 Obituary 
THOMAS ATHERTON died at Folly Lane, Warrington, on May 11, 1923, at the age of fifty-nine.
He entered the service of Pearson & Knowles, Coal and Iron Co., Ltd., Warrington, in 1876, and was for many years works manager of the engineering department. He had travelled extensively on the Continent and the United States, and studied blast-furnace and general engineering practice in these countries. He was responsible for the manufacture and erection of several blast- furnace plants in this country, and for the supply of a complete blast-furnace plant in Japan.
He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Manchester Association of Engineers. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1903.